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Prefab housing construction starts in Iwate Prefecture

Date Posted: 2011-03-24

Less than two weeks after the killer 9.0 earthquake and tsunami rattled and consumed Japan’s northeast coast, temporary housing construction is under way in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture.

With as estimated 400,000 people homeless and in shelters, a sense of urgency has been applied to this first construction effort. A total of 200 30-square-meter temporary homes, each to house three people, are to be built on the grounds of a junior high school. “We need to go forward,” Mayor Futoshi Toba told assembled builders.

Plans are also underway in the devastated city of Kamaishi, also in Iwate, to build temporary houses on a local baseball field. That project begins as soon as gasoline shortages are fixed and building supplies arrive. Iwate Prefecture Government says it plans to build 8,000 homes for evacuees.

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